Ole Einar Bjørndalen hasn’t been back for a good half year in a Competition actively. The one noticed at the World Team Challenge in Gelsenkirchen, at the latest, on the final round. Then the forces of the Biathlon to let legend visible. That it was at the end, together with his wife, Darya Domracheva, however, for a podium place, owed the Couple a competitor Doll Benedikt.

waiting in front of the goal to the Norwegians and crossed Hand-in-Hand with him to the finish line – with the necessary centimeters, of residue. “I had no strength in the body, there was nothing in it,” said Bjørndalen after the race. Doll had intercepted the 44-Year-old on the last lap, thought better of it, but then again different and left the Biathlon-retired people the success.

“That was a very nice gesture,” said Bjørndalen in the direction of the Sprint world champion Doll. Bjørndalen and Domracheva, who come together on twelve Olympic gold medals, had a measure in November to the forces of the Biathlon world’s elite prepared for it. “Not so good”, as the Norwegians said after the Competition, to be self-critical. “But we were able to run in spite of our Form.”

“hats off to him, he is a pretty impressive Person for every athlete,” said Franziska Preuß, who together with her partner Simon Schempp landed on the second place. The 24-Year-old and her Partner were at the finish 1.2 seconds behind the winners, Lukas Hofer and Dorothea Wierer from Italy. “I didn’t think that I can get. I’ve tried everything, but still we are satisfied with second place,” said Schempp. The fourth Doll reached together with Denise Herrmann.

For the next official race on the 10. January in Oberhof and 16. January in Ruhpolding, Bjørndalen will be back, but only as an expert for Norwegian TV. “I don’t really feel any nostalgia, it is already eight months that I stopped,” said the 20-time champion of the world. To be the Biathlon Show-Event at Schalke, you seemed to have him anyway, in summary, he said: “It was unbelievable.”


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